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Production down in 2008

The U.S. Mint is on pace to strike approximately 10 billion coins in calendar year 2008. This would be down from  more than 14.4 billion struck in 2007 and from the 15.5 billion struck in 2006.

New numbers released for production through August show that the Mint has struck over 6.7 billion coins, almost half of them cents.

Numbers shown include coins struck for inclusion in bags and rolls sold to collectors but not coins struck for proof sets or uncirculated coin sets.

Routinely the Mint splits production chores between the two mints evenly, but nickel and dime totals show a decided shift in favor of Denver. The cent totals show this also but less strongly.

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